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Record high of over 30.4 million people in work

The number of people in work is now more than 30.4 million people - which is the highest since records began in 1971.

The number of people out of work is falling. Credit: PA

There was a further fall in unemployment today which was fuelled by a record high of 4.5 million people who are self-employed.

The number of people working for themselves jumped by 183,000 from January to March, compared with a rise of 375,000 over the past year.

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Job seeker finally gets his dream job

Michael Wright sent out 300 job applications before getting a job as a games developer

A man from Bristol who sent out more than 300 job applications now has a job.

22 year old Michael Wright is now working as a games developer after sending out the applications six months ago.

We'll find out if his success bucked the trend when the latest unemployment figures are released later today.

Full report: Unemployment down in South West

The number of people without a job in the south west is down. According to the government's latest figures five thousand fewer are out of work, that's a fall of six per cent.

But the numbers in traditional salaried jobs with guaranteed hours and paid holidays is falling. John Andrews has been to Axminister, which was badly hit when the town's main employer went into administration.

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Labour: Welfare reform 'has comprehensively failed'

Shadow employment minister Stephen Timms. Credit: PA Wire

Stephen Timms, shadow employment minister, said: "The Government’s welfare reform has comprehensively failed at a time when youth unemployment is edging towards a million, and long-term unemployment is at its highest level in 17 years.

"The Youth Contract is on course to miss its target by 92 per cent, and the flagship Work Programme has not hit a single one of its minimum performance standards."

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